Upcoming Events

Join the Oakland Book Festival on its opening night!
May 20th, 2017

This year's Festival will kick off with a keynote address by Danielle Allen at 5pm on Saturday May 20th at Oakland City Hall: “It Is the Right of the People….” 

Professor Allen writes, "Too often we dismiss the Declaration of Independence and other expressions of shared American ideals as expressions of the antiquated values of a society dependent on patriarchy and racial domination. In fact, the first people to make use of the Declaration of Independence for other political purposes were abolitionists like African American Prince Hall. The Declaration of Independence offers a brilliant account of the meaning of political equality and how to get it, one that we can and should tap into in the present as we seek to restore health to our democracy."

This event is free and open to the public.

Her address will be followed by a gala reception from 6:30-8pm for our panelists and supporters at the Starline Social Club. This is an opportunity for you to meet the more than 100 novelists, journalists, philosophers, poets, artists, and editors participating this year, from Danielle Allen to Sheryl Oring to Mistah F.A.B., privately and in person, over the Starline’s delicious cocktails and food—all while supporting the Oakland Book Festival’s present and future efforts!

The Starline is located in a three story Victorian building on the corner of MLK and West Grand Avenue in Oakland, just a 10-minute walk from City Hall. Host to some of the most creative and engaged people in the Bay Area, the Starline has also been a friend to the Oakland Book Festival since day one.

The gala at the Starline Social Club will continue with a general admission party starting at 8pm. There will be mercifully few readings, many musical performances, and non-stop dancing from 8pm-2am.

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Lead Image: VietNam War Protests, Lake Merritt Park, 1965. Courtesy of the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.